• The death of an exhibition

    The Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk was officially opened just several weeks ago on March 23rd. But for months it has been a battleground for Polish historical memory. 

  • Is this truly your opposition?

    It is important not to characterise the Russian opposition as monolithically liberal. The March protest was not based on any coherent ideological commitments and energised all types of opposition groups, some of which are a far cry from democratically inclined intelligentsia.

  • Follow the money: Can NATO afford another Cold War?

    Not only has Russian military spending doubled from the mid-1990s, the Federation’s debt has decreased by 90 percent. Inversely, with the exception of Estonia, NATO members’ government debt increased.

  • Macedonia: A transit state for refugees

    Interview with Vladimir Bogoeski, PhD, a lawyer with the Hertie School of Governance.

  • Ukraine’s most underreported reform

    In 2017, Ukraine’s decentralisation reform has entered a critical phase marked by an adoption of laws aimed at fostering amalgamation of communities. To date, it has laid the foundation for a better quality of life for people living outside of big cities. 

  • Bringing Belarus back into line?

    On April 3rd Russia and Belarus announced the resolution of their latest energy dispute, signalling a reconciliation between neighbours who had fallen out over a range of issues during the past three years.

  • Umland needs a more balanced approach

    In his text titled “The Ukrainian government’s Memory Institute against the West”, Andreas Umland brings up some important questions. Nevertheless, he falls into pitfalls of his own choosing.

  • Managing Ukraine's revolutionary lifecycle

    An early election would return some of the EuroMaidan idealists to high office, and extend the moderate reform period. This is exactly what is needed given Ukraine’s current position in the revolutionary lifecycle. The alternative is terrifying.

  • How will Tusk’s re-appointment affect Polish politics?

    Poland's government suffered its most high profile defeat to date when it failed to prevent the re-appointment of Donald Tusk as European Council president, raising concerns that the country was becoming isolated on the EU's periphery. 

  • Armenia's boring election

    In the pre-election agitation and after the vote nothing happened that could spark any interest in the process. For the first time in a while, none of the losing parties spoke about the intention of leading the people to the streets and question the results of the election.

  • Russia: Decimation of women’s human rights in the context of global misogyny

    The move to partially “decriminalise” domestic violence in Russia in January 2017 is the illustrative apex of a longer trajectory of the decimation of women’s rights post-Pussy Riot.

  • Why Central European University Matters

    The significance of CEU’s case is not essentially in the fate of the university. What is at stake in Budapest is much more dramatic: the future of democracy in the entire Eastern half of Europe. 

  • Belarus’ measured repressions

    Over the past weeks, thousands of Belarusians took to the streets protesting against dire economic conditions. The authorities have responded with a set of measures to crack down on protests without jeopardising relations with the EU. 

  • Good deal, bad result

    Interview with Oleksandr Chalyi, the former First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, State Secretary for European Integration and Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Ukraine.

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